(March 14, 1807 - )
THOMAS BARLOW is the son of THOMAS BARLOW, late of the town of Duanesburgh, Schenectady
county, N. Y., and was born in that town March 14, 1807.
His education was academical; studied law with Hon. AROHAXED LOOMIS and E. P. HULBURT,
of Little Falls, SELLECK BOUGHTON, of Rochester AARON HACKLEY, of Herkimer, and G. B. JUDD
In July term of the Supreme Court of 1831 he was admitted as attorney, and in July term, 1834, to
the degree of Counsellor of that court; January 26, 1835, he was admitted solicitor and counsellor of
the Court of Chancery. In September, 1831, he located in his profession in Canastota, Madison county;
married for his first wife CORNELIA G. ROWE of that place, and second, CHARLOTTE SPRIGGS, of
Floyd, Oneida county. He has six sons-GEORGE, EDWARD, EUGENE, ALBERT, HENRY and
In the fall of 1842 he was appointed Superintendent of the schools of Madison county; was First
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of that county from Feb. 2, 1843, to the first day of January,
1848; and State Senator from Jan. 1, 1844 to Jan. 1, 1848.
In May, 1841, he was made a corresponding member of the New York Historical Society, in the
city of New York.
He was granted the honorary degree of Master of Arts by the Board of Trustees of Hamilton
College, in July, 1851.
In July, 1853, he was elected a member of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science, and in March, 1854, he was elected corresponding member of the State Historical
Society of Wisconsin.
April 8, 1854, he was made a corresponding member of the New Orleans Academy of
Sciences, and granted a diploma, and in June, 1862, he was elected a like member of the
Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences.
He forged a cabinet in natural history of his own gathering, mounting and arranging of
birds, animals, and especially of insects, equaling if not exceeding any other private one in
the State, and has from time to time lectured before societies, literary, educational and
collegiate institutions and universities, on natural history and entomology in particular, as the
favorite branch of his studies. To arduous professional and judicial services he thus added
the labors of familiarizing himself with a knowledge of natural sciences, practically and
theoretically, to an extent surpassed by but few in our country.
Judge BARLOW has kindly contributed much of the history of Canastota from his own
records, which the publishers gratefully acknowledge. As most of the records of the county
were destroyed by the fire of 1873, it would have been impossible to have gathered them from
any other source.
From "History of Chenango and Madison Counties, NY" starting on page 582.
Transcribed by Sandy Goodspeed
Date: Wednesday, August 4, 1999 11:16 AM
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